BLENDED LEARNING LABS PRACTICE. MAGNETIC FIELD MEASUREMENT
Universidad de Alicante (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:In the current academic year, the widespread implementation of the new degrees in the Spanish higher education has brought about the development and application of new methodologies with the aim of trying to improve the way students learn. In order to promote scientific interest of the students and to help in the improvement of the teaching-learning process of physics, we have scheduled plan blended learning labs.
A lab practice that deals with magnetic fields, in which the concepts specified in the theoretical sessions are treated and observed, is proposed to students. They have to prepare and develop this practice by themselves. In order to assist students in this phase, a web page indicating those previous steps has been developed using the eLearning XHTML editor (eXe). It is an a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in HTML or complicated web-publishing applications. Once this phase is finished, students proceed to the assembly and conduct of the practice session and, finally, the student must show all his colleagues the results.
Although time and resources has been limited (first quarter of current year and just one practice), results have been very encouraging. We have performed test understanding of concepts studied, resulting in a significant improvement compared to usual method of working within laboratories. Also, is detected as remarkable fact that the students observed conjunction between the theoretical and practical classes.
Keywords: Blended learning, Magnetic field, eXe, laboratory practice.